This week’s Throw Back Thursday post is about something we all have grown to not be able to live without; the internet. Take internet access out of our lives and most of us would struggle not only to socialize, but also to maintain a regular lifestyle. We do business on the internet, we communicate with strangers on the internet, we pay bills online, we watch movies, we share music and many even make a living with the internet. The importance of the internet is undoubted and we’ve decided to share with our readers the history of how internet came to be what it is today.
The first notion of the internet was proposed by J.C.R. Licklider, an MIT graduate who later went on to work for Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency. In 1962, Licklider came up with the idea of making information available from a database that could be accessed anywhere in the world. His vision was for a global connection; a network that would bring all humans together.
When the internet was first brought online for the first time, only 4 computers were connected to it; a computer at UCLA, one at Stanford Research Institute, one at USBC and another at University of Utah. These computers where nothing like the ones we have today, they were massive computers and took up lots of space. At that time, the internet was known as Arpanet.
When the government began seeing the amazing uses that the internet could bring to the world, they began integrating them into more daily activities. NASA began using the internet in 1971 and many tests were undergoing in order to push the internet to its limits. This allows researchers to see the full potential of the internet and what could someday come of it.
Computers were complex and they weren’t designed for home use. The first people who used the internet on computers were mostly engineers and scientists, but in order to operate them, they had to know complex coding and programming knowledge. At the time, the operating systems didn’t exist and everything was complicated, mind boggling and extremely difficult to wrap your head around.
Telnet, FTP and other protocols were created in the early 1970’s which allowed users to transfer data and access emails from remote locations. However, it wasn’t until the mid-1980 before people actually began using computers and the internet for their own personal reasons. In 1986, a standardization was implemented which made it easy for people who had very little knowledge about computers to be able to use them.
As the 1990’s came around the corner, limitations to the internet were removed and people had the right to use the internet for their own free will. At first, the internet was only for government purposes, educational purposes and for scientific research. In 1995, these limitations were entirely removed and companies such as AOL surfaced. Bill Gates then introduced Windows 98 in 1998 which made things incredibly simple for the average computer users. From that moment, internet became a worldwide sensation and everyone seemed to have it.
Nowadays we use internet like it’s been around all of our lives and we tend to forget the days when it didn’t exist. Many of you may be too young to remember those days, but they did exist. Thanks to the advancements in communication departments, the internet was born and this allows sites like Chatrandom to exist.
Stay tuned for next week’s Throw Back Thursday post.